Native Plant Sales

Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter conducts three native plant sales each year. Woodland and prairie plants in the spring and trees and shrubs in late summer.

Your Garden Has a Function

Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, writes,

In the past we have not designed gardens that play a critical ecological role in the landscape, but we must do so in the future. The importance of our doing this cannot be overstated. We need to quickly replace unnecessary lawn with densely planted woodlots in the East and West, and natural prairies in the Midwest; whatever can serve as habitat for our local biodiversity.

Homeowners can do this by planting the borders of their properties with plants native to their region. Our studies have shown that even modest increases in the native plant cover on suburban properties significantly increases the number and species of breeding birds, including birds of conservation concern.

As gardeners and stewards of our land, we have never been so empowered to help save biodiversity from extinction, and the need to do so has never been so great. All we need to do is plant native plants.

Ordering Plants

Members receive the plant sale brochures automatically when they become available. Non-members can request to be put on the mailing list to receive the free brochures.

Order early! Supplies are limited. Orders are taken through the due dates and will be filled in the order received. In the event of shortages, you will have a choice of substitution or refund. We may not be able to notify you before pickup time of crop failures or sold out plants. Other plants may be available for substitution at the pickup location.

For the woodland and prairie plant sales, we will have additional plants available at the pickup site. Because we cannot ensure availability or selection of the extra plants, it is wise to pre-order the plants you want; and order early. If you do not place an order, you are welcome to go to the pickup location and purchase the extra plants.

Native Plant Sale

Photo of Plant SaleThe chapter offers affordable native plant species for woodland, wetland (rain garden) and sunny locations in its annual native plant sale. A brochure will be available late February. Orders are due April 27th and the pick up dates will be May 11 & 12. Times to be announced.

All plant sale plants are picked up at 4601 Paulson Rd. (same as Paladen Parkway), Caledonia IL, just off East Riverside Blvd. and I-90 on the east side of Rockford, IL.




Native Tree and Shrub Sale

Like native wildflowers, grasses and sedges, native trees and shrubs thrive without much human intervention. They provide habitat for birds, butterflies, pollinators and other wildlife. Trees clean the air we breathe, keep us cooler in the summer, and lessen the negative effects of heavy rainfalls. Additionally, native trees and shrubs add value to your property.

To round off the year, the chapter offers native trees and shrubs in late summer. This gives you time to get them planted so that they will get established in your garden before winter. Orders are due September 21st. A brochure will be avaiable in August. The pick up dates will be Sept. 28 & 29. Times to be announced.